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August 2016 Archives

Patient identification errors a big problem in U.S.

Patient identification errors are one of the top 10 health safety concerns in Arizona and across the U.S., according to a report by the nonprofit ECRI Institute. The problem is expected to become worse as more and more health care providers switch over to electronic records.

Top causes of medical errors

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have looked at approximately 35 million U.S. hospital admissions and found that nearly 200,000 patient deaths each year were attributable to medical error. That was according to a study published in BMJ, and it would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in the nation. While some in the medical community doubt the figures and how the team arrived at them, there is general agreement that there are too many errors occurring in hospitals in Arizona and around the country.

Proving medical malpractice claims

When Arizona residents go to their doctors or to the hospital, they generally do so with the expectation that the care they will receive will help them. Unfortunately, medical professionals sometimes make errors that result in patients being seriously injured or even dying. If you or your loved one suffered a catastrophic injury, a worsened condition or died after medical treatment, you might wonder if it was caused by medical malpractice.

What to do if you think your baby was injured by a doctor's negligence

There are many strong emotions that can come with a suspected birth injury: fear, sadness, anger, doubt, confusion. It can be especially hard when everything seemed to be going smoothly during the pregnancy and your family's struggle occurred unexpectedly.

Medical errors and a new EMR analysis tool

Arizona patients should be aware of a new EMR analysis tool that could drastically reduce the occurrence of medical errors during patient handoffs. The time at which hospital workers change shifts poses a heightened risk for medical errors since important patient information is sometimes lost from one shift to the next. How medical professionals communicate when changing shifts is a major factor in the likelihood of medical errors. Shift changes, or handoffs, present a variety of opportunities for dangerous or even fatal mistakes to be made.

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